Some experts say that the smaller screen sizes ensure a better display and dispersion of colors.

 New iPad Pro models outperform Macbook Pro in CPU and graphics functionsImage source: Apple.com
Atom Tech Shorts Saturday, June 17, 2017 - 17:20

Certain benchmarking tests on Appleā€™s upgraded devices, launched very recently, have thrown up results, which seem to suggest that on sheer speed and performance, the 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPads are quite fast, in terms of their functional performance, than the MacBook Pros.

If not on all, at least on certain parameters, the iPads are expected to be better equipped at handling tasks than their larger cousins.

The devices on which the benchmark tests were done and being discussed here included the iPad Pro 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch models and the MacBook Pro 2017 and MacBook Pro 2016. Now the tests conducted were the ones regularly done to check the CPU and GPU performance and they are called GeekBench and GFXBench tests respectively.

Where the MacBook Pro 2017 and even the 2016 models outperformed the iPads was the single core CPU performance. But when it came to the multi core CPU performance tests. The 10.5-inch iPad stood a close second to the 2017 version of the MacBook Pro while beating the 2016 model of the larger device.

Those doing the tests were then surprised to find the results when they ran the tests for the GPUs, the metal GPU tests and the GFX graphics tests. In both these tests, the iPad Pro 10.5-inch scored the highest.

In the metal tests, for example, the 10.5-inch notched up a score of 27, 814, followed by the 12.9-inch iPad Pro with a score of 27, 597 and then surprisingly, the older MacBook Pro turned up third and the latest MacBook Pro turned up with the least score.

In the GFX graphics test as well, both iPads out-scored the MacBooks.

There are experts who explain these anomalies by arguing that the smaller screen sizes ensure a better display and dispersion of colors. The other reason could be that the operating systems are specifically tailored to suit the hardware and the suitability and development of iOS for the iPads might be superior to the MacOS to the MacBooks.

But it should come as great news to the larger population, particularly in countries like India, which uses the iPads that they have on their hands a powerful device with which they can accomplish many tasks with ease. Apple will also feel happy that the new improvements brought in the devices have worked well. 

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